During the period between 1984 and 1989, she represented Kannauj Parliamentary Constituency of Uttar Pradesh. As a member of Parliament, she served on the Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha. She also chaired the Implementation Committee for Commemoration of Forty Years of India's Independence and Jawaharlal Nehru centenary. Championing the cause of women at various fora, she represented India at UN Commission on Status of Women for five years between 1984 and 1989. She, along with 82 colleagues, was jailed by the government of Uttar Pradesh in August 1990 when she led a people's movement against the atrocities being committed on women. Earlier, in early 1970s, she was chairperson of the Young Women's Association and was instrumental in the setting up two of most successful hostels for working women in Delhi.
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